Background and Interests
Cary Hiner has been training diverse populations for athletic performance and injury prevention in Sonoma County for over 25 years. A native of Sonoma County, Cary attended Analy High School, where he was Lineman of the Year and All-Empire for both Offense and Defense in the 1985-86 season.
A continually evolving thinker, Cary's B.L.A.S.T. training methods are always diversifying.
Cary Hiner loves to learn about human potential, and loves to help others maximize theirs.
Head Trainer Cary Hiner holds numerous certifications by leading sports fitness institutions, including the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI), and Exos (formerly Athletes' Performance). These certifications are listed below, with brief explanations of their significance in the Absolute Athlete B.L.A.S.T. program.
NASM- CPT: Certified Personal Trainer
The NASM Optimum Performance Training (OPT) model is the basis for the Absolute Athlete B.L.A.S.T. program. We begin with a thorough assessment of biomechanics and neuromusculature. Achieving optimal movement requires opening, integrating, and strengthening the whole body by targeting in each individual athlete areas of weakness, instability, tightness, hyper- or hypo-flexibility, muscles firing in improper sequence, and other common issues that are the root of athletic underperformance, as well as the cause of traumatic and repetitive injuries. Fortunately, the same fundamentals of neuromuscular strength and fluid body mechanics that lead to improved skill and performance also rehabilitate injury and protect against future injury. Optimal positioning = optimal leverage = optimal balance and power.
NASM-PES: Performance Enhancement Specialist
Beyond physical training, Athletic Performance Enhancement programs seek to develop sports-specific movement that leads to increased stability, strength, speed, agility, and power. Cary Hiner has trained athletes from pre-school to college as well as professionals in the NFL and PGA. Many of the Absolute Athlete Alumni have received scholarships for division one college programs.
NASM-CES: Corrective Exercise Specialist
Corrective exercise involves targeting specific muscle chains and firing sequences that have been identified as causing problems for the individual. Corrective exercises programs "prevent injuries, reduce movement deficiencies, improve muscle imbalances, and maximize results by creating safe, individualized training programs by identifying dysfunctions, developing a plan of action, and implementing corrective exercise solutions." (NASM CES description)
NASM-YES: Youth Exercise Specialist
Young athletes have special needs that must be understood when developing an appropriate training program. Due to their body's changing proportions as they grow, young people often have issues with coordination and muscle weakness. This can lead to development of biomechanical movement patterns that cause athletic performance to plateau or decline, and also unfortunately can result in traumatic and/or repetitive injury. Head Trainer Cary Hiner uses the Biolever anatomical measuring system to identify performance and injury trends and potential, which allows a precise targeting in each athlete of unique issues to address, leading to rapid growth in stability, strength, speed, agility, and power.
NASM-GFS: Golf Fitness Specialist
The golf swing is a highly complex movement requiring the proper firing in sequence of long muscle chains. To successfully repeat a clubhead swing in a healthy and pain-free manner requires stability, balance, neuromuscular integration and neuromuscular strength. Muscle tissue fascia that is knotted and constricted must be opened up. Hypertense areas must be relaxed. Hypotense areas must be awakened. Read more about our Golf program and golf-specific methodologies here.
Titleist Performance Institute Level One
"TPI Golf Certification gives the teaching pro a deep understanding of how the body’s strengths and weaknesses affect the golf swing. TPI Certified Golf Experts can quickly identify any physical restrictions that may be limiting a player’s swing, and simple techniques to improve these limitations. Golf Certification dives deep into 3D Biomechanics, the physics of projectiles, motor control, swing instruction, player coaching, and the short game." (TPI Description). Read more about our Golf program and golf-specific methodologies here.
"If You're in the business of coaching, physically training, or medically educating golfers, TPI certification should be mandatory" - Butch Harmon
Exos Rehabilitation Mentorship
Injury rehabilitation is too often seen as being separated from training. Sadly, especially in young athletes, injury can set the stage for future injury and underperformance. Even minor sprains or strains, if not completely diagnosed and treated, can create imbalances in the neuromuscular system, leading to further damage, improper posture, and imbalanced movement. “Old sports injuries” are therefore often a source of discomfort, pain, and even disability throughout life. However, injuries, if properly diagnosed and treated, can be instead a source of insight and growth. Rehabilitation can lead to improved movement on the field and off. Achieving optimal movement requires opening, integrating, and strengthening the whole body by targeting in each individual athlete areas of weakness, instability, tightness, hyper- or hypo-flexibility, muscles firing in improper sequence, and other common issues that are the root of traumatic and repetitive injuries.Fortunately, the same fundamentals of neuromuscular strength and body mechanics that rehabilitate injury also protect against future injury and are the basis for improved skill and performance.
Speed & Strength
Students in the B.L.A.S.T. program learn how to achieve momentum (balance) through ideal body positioning, to create leg drive (leverage), while controlling and sequencing specific neuromuscular movements to establish a stable base (anchor), which allows healthy and regenerative development of strength and speed through the Absolute Athlete methodology (Training Techniques).
B.L.A.S.T. Student Athlete
Speed, Strength and Agility Training
Absolute Athlete is offering a professionally designed speed and agility training program for serious student athletes who want to develop into future college-ready players. Our goal in this class is to condition athletes for injury prevention and performance: to improve balance, speed, strength, power and agility. Athletes will learn specialized routines that train the mind and body to react and seek balance for optimal leverage and body position. We teach a specialized dynamic warm-up that will reinforce body movement to eliminate wasted energy and maximize technique. Every session is based around corrective routines that are designed to develop smooth and elongated neuromuscular movement.
of the Absolute B.LA.S.T.
Student Athlete Program:
- Scooby Wright III, who began training with Cary Hiner at age twelve, and was drafted in the 2016 NFL Draft (Cleveland Browns). Selected to the Freshman All-American Team, won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, the Rotary Lombardi Award, the Jack Lambert Award, the Chuck Bednarik Award, became the first sophomore ever to be named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, won All-Pac-12 Honors, finished ninth in Heisman Trophy voting in 2014, and won the New Mexico Bowl Defensive MVP Award in 2015.
“[The journey has been] a lot of time and effort, from both of us. I wouldn’t be in the position I am today if it weren’t for you, Cary. I mean that from the bottom of my heart.”
– Scooby Wright III January 4th, 2016.
Both of my children have worked with Cary over the past 5 years. His approach to technique and the fundamentals of speed are unique in this area. Cary’s training focuses on strengthening the core muscles and improving technique, not just running wind sprints. This translates into an increase in explosive speed and healthy strength that reduces injury. By working on the fundamentals, and explaining to the athletes how and why it will make them faster, Cary helps them buy in to the program. We saw immediate improvements within the first month and continue to see benefit. Both of my children, as well as other student athletes I’ve observed working with Cary, have increased their strength and speed on the field as well as the court, track and cross country course."
After starting working out with Cary, I won the 2015 North Coast Professional Golfers’ Association (NCPGA) Player of the Year award. I am now driving the ball 10 yards farther and have gained 4 m.p.h. in club speed. Some other personal trainers seem to feel that more is better, and that type of program has not helped me. But with Cary, I actually have been able to translate the exercises we do into my golf swing. Cary is very good about taking things slowly, working on getting the proper form down, and making sure everything is connected throughout the entire workout. I have seen big improvements toward my goals of being stronger, more flexible, and having a more interconnected golf swing. I will definitely keep doing the program and see what else I can accomplish in 2016.
PGA Head Professional / Windsor Golf Club
"Cary is a natural genius in analyzing human athletic potential and implementing programs designed to achieve that potential. Cary's training connects the brain and the body to create and build upon the foundation for skill development, athletic conditioning and injury prevention. As a PGA golf professional who has given over 50,000 lessons, Cary's perspective and knowledge of bio- mechanics has made me a better golf instructor."
- Dave Johnson
PGA Golf Instructor / Director of Instruction Rooster Run Golf Club